The meet will consist of 26 teams from throughout the state, as well as out of state. While regular participants, like Capital High from Boise will not be joining the event this year, four schools will be taking part from the Sacramento area.
“It’s a little down number wise, but then again it’s more of the bigger schools that are coming,” Reed coach Dale Moss said. “The smaller schools have other meets they can go to now.”
While the amount of schools may have dropped, the level of competition remains high. With the advantage of running at its home, the Dave Nolte-Northern Nevada Regional track facility, Moss said he expects Reed to have a strong showing.
“Like anything else I’ve told them all week long when it comes to this thing, as far as our Rotary, it’s our home turf,” Moss said. “It’s just like it is if you were talking about football or basketball. You’re on your home field, your home court. You’re representing your school. You are always out to win your own track meet. That’s always the biggest goal.”
Moss said the fact that the Raiders have the benefit of staying home is one of the many positives of the meet.
“Anytime you don’t have to travel it’s always good because then you don’t have to worry about buses and getting up too early,” Moss said. “You get to sleep in your own bed and not have to get up at five in the morning.
“At the same time, going away sometimes is a good thing too because sometimes you get tired of seeing the same people over and over. So you like to get away from those kinds of things and see some new faces and new competition. It is always good to have different competition and different expectations. That’s why this event is so nice for us because we get to stay home while facing new teams.”
The Raiders have several athletes who should perform well and place this weekend, starting with returning stars on the girls side.
Leading the ladies, sophomore Gabby Williams will be competing in the hurdles and high jump, as well as a possible relay. Junior Adrianna Newell will run in the 100, 200 and 400 meter events, as well as relays.
For the Blue and Gold boys, Moss said that senior Josh Gingras should do well in the 100m and 200m dashes, along with relays. Alongside Gingras, Cody Forman will run in distance events while senior Sam Nichols is expected to have a strong showing in the discus.
The two-day meet is scheduled to start on Friday at 3 p.m.